The Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group at the University of Illinois-Chicago is leading a national, multi-sector collaborative effort to develop a voluntary conservation agreement to provide habitat for the monarch butterfly. More than 40 organizations from across the energy and transportation sectors worked together to develop a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) that encourages non-federal landowners and land managers to adopt measures to create net conservation benefits for the monarch butterfly. The effort is unprecedented in terms of its cross-sector participation and geographic extent. The agreement is expected to span the entire contiguous 48 states and encompass millions of acres of habitat.
Here’s why it is important right now.
- Monarch butterfly populations need an “all hands on deck” approach to their conservation.
- Lands managed for the nation’s energy and transportation infrastructure sustain a network of lands that have the ability to maintain great monarch habitat.
- The conservation actions promoted under the CCAA, like changing the timing of vegetation management practices, or targeted vegetation management, can contribute significantly to monarch butterfly conservation.
- The unique public-private partnership creates a net benefit for both monarch conservation and business operational needs.
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Read the Monarch CCAA
The full agreement is available in the Federal Register. The public comment period closed June 14, 2019 and comments are now being reviewed.
Additional information about the Monarch CCAA can be found on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service webpage.
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